Los Angeles

Quarterly Closes in on 50 Curators as Site Gets Cooler by the Second (or Quarter!)

By | Apr 15, 2014 at 6:01 pm

Imagine getting home from a long day at work, after a traffic-jam-infused commute, to find a neatly selected care package from the ever-so-“Happy” Pharrell Williams, or the “bizarre” Andrew Zimmern, or human daredevil Tim Ferriss. I mean, how cool would that be!?! Well, if…


How Machine Learning Can Improve Customer Interaction

By | Apr 15, 2014 at 11:00 am

The one thing most businesses strive for is to make sure their customers are happy. In the past, the approach to this was fairly simple, engaging the customer through cheerful face-to-face interaction and seeing to all their needs personally. But as technology advances, more…



Get Inspired by these Global Innovators

By | Apr 9, 2014 at 11:00 am

The global marketplace has gotten a lot more crowded in the digital age. Fifty years ago, small businesses were able to access international markets indirectly as part of the supply chains of large multinational companies, but direct engagement was often limited to those firms…



Can Slyce Take Down Amazon Flow in Image Recognition Shopping?

By | Apr 7, 2014 at 9:00 am

It’s weird to think about now, but just a few years ago, the technology behind things like Google Glass still seemed unlikely to most of us — heck, even the functions of which our smartphones are now capable would’ve been deemed flukes in the…



Greg Cangialosi Named CEO of MissionTix, Hopes to Take it Back to Startup Roots

By | Apr 4, 2014 at 9:02 am

Baltimore-based MissionTix announced Tuesday that it has named Greg Cangialosi as CEO. MissionTix provides an online ticketing platform and consumer portal for events, concerts, and fundraisers, and Cangialosi plans to bring new ideas, technology innovation, and cutting-edge analytics to the team. “Our goal is…


5 Trends Driving e-Commerce in 2014

By | Feb 21, 2014 at 6:15 pm

At this year’s Super Bowl, fans instantly knew where to go to buy that hot dog or grab a t-shirt, thanks to the NFL’s massive location-based marketing campaign. The league installed wireless transmitters throughout the stadium and Times Square that interacted with fans’ smartphones,…


2013 was a Big Year for Legal Startups; 2014 Could Be Bigger

By | Feb 14, 2014 at 12:07 pm

Roughly $458 million was invested into legal startups in the last year by investors. This is a remarkable increase from the $66 million invested in 2012. And 2014 began with a strong January seeing almost $12 million done in four deals. Awareness and confidence…



Fitting Room Social helps fashionistas find fashion that fits

By | Feb 5, 2014 at 5:05 pm

Bob Dylan once said that you have to take inspiration where you find it, and Fitting Room Social founder Brad Liff found his on the morning after Christmas a couple of years ago. While Liff’s wife was returning clothes that did not fit at a…


5 Lessons Startup Ecommerce Stores Should Learn From Large Brands

By | Jan 30, 2014 at 11:38 am

Seth Godin once wrote about The Merchants of Average and he waxed eloquent on how the world pushes you to “fit in.” It demands that you follow the norm. “Be like us,” “Do what we do,” and “This is the way we do things…



How Local Businesses and Nonprofits Can Benefit from Give to Win

By | Jan 1, 2014 at 1:00 pm

Wouldn’t it be great if you could support your community through local businesses and local nonprofits, at the same time? I mean both are equally significant to the lifeblood of the community – one supports us by providing the goods and services that we need, while…


San Francisco

What Does “The Future of the Credit Card” Mean to You? Here is Coin’s Idea

By | Nov 26, 2013 at 2:00 pm

Back in 2010, before Kanishk Parashar founded Coin, he had an idea to build a wallet and cash register app that would re-imagine the purchase process for day-to-day transactions. The idea was to be seamless and simple: When folks get near the register, it…


The Legal Sector Continues to Ripen for Disruption

By | Nov 21, 2013 at 5:00 pm

Want to pay less for a lawyer? There are startups for that.  Want your lawyer to be more productive? There are startups for that. Want to NOT use a lawyer at all?  Yes, there are even startups for that. Make no mistake, lawyers serve…


Window Shopping Goes Digital with Reppio

By | Nov 20, 2013 at 11:00 am

Imagine a situation where you have to find a really cute, one-of-a-kind outfit for a fundraising event that’s, say, happening tonight. Much like everyone else, though, you don’t really have the time to go through your city’s local boutique stores to find that perfect…



Got Tickets? Tixers.com is Creating a New Market for Unused Tickets

By | Nov 14, 2013 at 1:00 pm

Ever have a ticket to an event that you found out you would not be able to attend? Whether it’s a sports game or concert, you basically have two options – give your ticket away or try to sell it. Either way you stand to…



Grapeword: Changing the Daily Deals Market, Grassroots Style

By | Nov 12, 2013 at 9:00 am

Paul Nichols, founder of Grapeword, truly believes that his customer acquisition and retention company is the next big trend in daily deal models. According to him, merchants are used and abused in the daily deals industry, and consumers find themselves fed up with email…


F This: 6 Reasons Why Recoup is Going to Disrupt Social Commerce

By | Oct 22, 2013 at 11:00 am

Do you know what f-commerce is? It’s okay if you don’t – most people aren’t acquainted with it. You have (certainly) heard of e-commerce (um hello, Amazon?). Well, guess what? Get over it because f-commerce is the next big thing…if done correctly. Recoup – a DC-based…


Las Vegas

MicroBiz Fully Integrates Your Retail Business With Magento

By | Sep 19, 2013 at 11:00 am

If you have ever shopped online with Nike, Olympus, or The North Face, you have come into contact with Magento during your checkout. In addition to big-name brands, smaller retailers also use Magento, but run into issues because it operates independently from their point of sale system….